Snook History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Snook is most likely derived from the Old English word "snoc," which is a projecting piece of land. There is also a popular tale that the surname came from the place name Sevenoaks, in Kent, which was often pronounced "Se noaks." The town's name is derived from the Saxon word "Seouenaca", the name given to a small chapel near seven oak trees in Knole Park around 800 AD

Early Origins of the Snook family

The surname Snook was first found in Kent where Eduuardus Snoch was listed in 1066 in the Domesday Book. Other early references include Stenesnoc in Hampshire, and John and Thomas Snok in the Domesday of St. Paul's in 1222. Later records show Robert Shouk in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1327. [1]

And it is from this latter reference that the relationship to the aforementioned "Sevenoaks" is best shown. For it is here that Sussex deeds show a family of Snooks having many spelling variations from Sevenoaks to S'noaks. The name was pronounced "Sennocke" at the time and this pronunciation is still used at times in various places.

Early History of the Snook family

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Snook Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Snooks, Snook, Snooke, Snookes, Snouke, Snoukes and others.

Early Notables of the Snook family (pre 1700)

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United States Snook migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Snook Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Snook, who landed in Maryland in 1671 [2]
Snook Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Snook, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [2]
  • David Snook, his wife and son Joe settled in Georgia in 1733
  • David Snook and his wife Elizabeth and son John who settled in Georgia in 1733
  • Adam Snook, who arrived in New Jersey in 1755
  • Adam and John Snook, who settled in New Jersey in 1755
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Snook Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Snook, who landed in New York in 1832 [2]
  • E C Snook, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • Robert Snook, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • S. Snook, who settled in San Francisco in 1853

Canada Snook migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Snook Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • John Snook, who settled in Old Perlican, Newfoundland in 1677 [3]
Snook Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Isaac Snook, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • James Snook was a fisherman in Trinity, Newfoundland in 1759 [3]
  • Morgan Snook Sr. and his son, Morgan Snook Jr. were English settlers who were forced to leave St. Pierre when that island was given to the French in 1763; they settled in Newfoundland at Trinity Bay and were the first English setters of Grand Bank
  • Mr. Martin Snook U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [4]
Snook Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William and Elijah Snook held a fishing room at New Perlican, Newfoundland in 1800 [3]
  • Robert Snook, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1813 [3]
  • Benjamin Snook, who settled in Fortune, Newfoundland in 1827 [3]
  • David Snook, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Australia Snook migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Snook Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Snook, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Henry Snook, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Velocity"

New Zealand Snook migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Snook Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Snook, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Anne Dymes" in 1864
  • Ellen Snook, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Anne Dymes" in 1864
  • Miss Ellen M. Snook, (b. 1838), aged 29, British nurse travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd January 1868 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Snook (post 1700) +

  • Jeff Snook (b. 1960), American sports writer
  • Frank Walter Snook (b. 1949), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • John Butler Snook (1815-1901), American architect, best known for designing the Grand Central Depot, New York city
  • John Stout Snook (1862-1952), American politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio 5th District, 1901-05, 1917-19, and later, a state court judge in Ohio
  • J. Harry Snook, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 5th District, 1908 [7]
  • J. Carlton Snook, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1972 [7]
  • Frederick E. Snook, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Idaho, 1936, 1940 (alternate) [7]
  • Edward T. Snook, American politician, Mayor of Summit, New Jersey, 1932 [7]
  • Clayton P. Snook, American Democrat politician, Chair of Fulton County Democratic Party, 1939 [7]
  • Claude S. Snook, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State Senate 6th District, 1948, 1950 [7]
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. George A Snook (b. 1917), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Alverstoke, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [8]


Suggested Readings for the name Snook +

  • 4528 "Some Snook Families" by Frank McElwain Snoke.

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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